To the original poster--- I think your calorie range may be too high. I used (guessed at) this info: male, 51 years old, 5'10" 226 pounds, 3000 calories burned through planned exercise, goal to lose 2 pound weekly.
I got a range of 1600-1950. Have you entered all your info accurately? Or am I really missing a piece of your puzzle??
Also...to make your nutrition tracker public, go to your sparkpage. Click edit sparkpage. Check the box to make the tracker public. SAVE
Thanks so much. I was able to make an adjustment (however small) so I feel like I'm where I should be with intake and output. Now we'll see how well I do. : )
Fitness Minutes: (2,103)
10 1/19/13 6:30 P
Well I have tried to make things public. If you could check for me and let me know if I did this correctly I would appreciate the feedback. How much below your calories burned should your calorie intake be. I move a lot at work so I don't know how many calories I burn at work. any advice on how to figure that would help. again thankyou for your support
Fitness Minutes: (137,957)
5,702 1/19/13 6:27 P
You don't have to make your trackers public and if you're not comfortable with it you shouldn't do it. Take a look at how many calories you're burning. From the "track your fitness" page, click on "fitness setup," next to the date. Go all the way to the bottom of the page, where it says "if you know how may calories you burn each week, enter it here," and enter about the number of calories you burned last week, or this week.
Once you've done that, when you go back to your nutrition page it will have adjusted for your calorie burn. Don't try to adjust the calorie number manually. I've done this. Your other nutritional goals will not adjust properly and it'll be somewhere between difficult and impossible to meet your calorie goal and the rest of your nutritional goals (protein, carbs, etc.) at the same time.
If you burn more than about 300 calories over your target number, you'll get a message on your fitness tracker page. I like to say it yells at you, because the message will be in red. That message tells you how to adjust your fitness... in case you need a reminder.
Remember, this isn't a predictable journey, or an exact science. Lots of factors will affect your weight loss, You can do everything "right" and still not lose a lb a week, though some weeks you may lose more than one. The closer you get to your target weight the harder it gets to lose, You can do this, you just may not be able to lose a lb a week.
Alright, I'll change things so everybody including God can see my nutrition and exercise (I'm not really comfortable with that). I've greatly increased the number of calories I'm burning each week, and figure I need to increase my nutrition intake, BUT 1. I don't know where/how to do it, and 2. how much more do I input?
My current weight is 169 and my goal is 130 (or maybe 125) - but I don't have a definite date in mind - is that wrong? I was hoping to lose a pound a week (or thereabouts) but it isn't happening.
I've been up and down on Spark ever since I joined a few years ago. Yes, I track my food as well as exercise on Spark. I want to make changes now and don't know how or how many calories to consume with my current calorie burning.
Did you just start exercising 1.5 hours a day? Most of us at the start build a lot of muscle as we start to use them. This offsets fat loss. I am 216, and losing weight eating over 2100 calories, and coincidentally, I will be taking a 90 minute walk today, as I do every day.
If you are building muscle, that will slow down, and fat loss will continue, and you will start dropping weight eventually. Be patient.
Fitness Minutes: (137,957)
5,702 1/19/13 9:13 A
If you go to your sparkpage and click on edit, you'll see the option to make your nutrition and activity trackers public. The other information that people have asked about, such as your goal ranges, will not be listed on your trackers - just what you ate and how many calories it added up to and what exercise you did and how many calories that added up to.
I know it doesn't sound logical, but eating under your calorie range can slow down or even completely stop your weight loss. Think of it this way - your body is an engine and without enough fuel it can't run properly. If you're asking it to do more, you need to feed it more. You want to burn more than you eat (remember, you burn calories just by being alive so your total calorie burn is more than what you burn from exercising), but not by too much or you're running the engine without fuel. Make sure that you're entering all of your exercise in the tracker. You'll see a message if you are burning more calories than your original calorie range was calculated to include. When I'm exercising a lot, I decide whether or not to obey that message depending on when it shows up. If it shows up on Wednesday and I'm planning to do more that week, I increase my range for the rest of the week. If it shows up on Friday and I'm not going to work out on Saturday, I don't bother.
Fitness Minutes: (2,103)
10 1/18/13 11:31 P
my calorie goal levels are 2100 to 2450 a day. I started at 226 lbs my goal weight is 190. I don;t know how to make my information public so if you could tell me I would be willing to try. thank you all for your support.
Fitness Minutes: (21,938)
1/16/13 2:10 P
Weight loss is not instant either. It took me a little while before seeing results. 1lb = 3500 calories. Even thought the scale is moving slowly, I have noticed that I have more energy and that my clothes are a little looser.
Give it some time. See where you are at in a month.
You have only been with SP for 1 week, so it is still very early. What is your SP calorie range? What is your average daily intake? Do you lose weight since you started with the program? How much? If you make your nutrition tracker public, I can help more. Let me know if you need the steps to do this. SP Dieitian Becky
Fitness Minutes: (4,601)
577 1/16/13 12:32 P
For us to help you we'll need to know your weight loss goals. If you're willing to share..... What's your starting point, goal weight and date? How much did you expect to lose per week? Do you track your food here? If so, what's range did Spark give you? Can you make your tracker public so we can give you some specific recommendations.
Weight Loss is 80% Nutrition and 20% Activity. Working out 1.5 hours a day and not eating enough to match your activity (along with creating a deficit for weight loss) might be derailing your goals.
Edited by: STDWYNWEN at: 1/16/2013 (12:33)
1/16/13 12:24 P
"I am continually under what my caloric intake should be."
Are you undereating? If you are exercising 1 1/2 hours, 5 days a week you should be eating more than a person who does not exercise. Have you calculated your exercise calories into your daily caloric intake?
Your nutrition and workout logs aren't public so we need more information to help.
Fitness Minutes: (2,103)
10 1/16/13 12:17 P
I have been dieting and excercising but so far am unimpressed with my weight loss. I keep track of what I eat and I am continually under what my calorie intake sould be. I excercise over 1.5 hrs a day and then I go to work but I am not showing any real weight loss.
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